Episode 1115

Day Trip: McMinnville, Tennessee

Unforgettable Day Trip from Nashville to McMinnville: Explore Cumberland Caverns, Rock Island State Park, and Collins River BBQ. Discover natural wonders, thrilling adventures, and mouthwatering Southern flavors in Tennessee’s hidden gem. Plan your escape today!

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Experience the Best of Tennessee: Day Trip from Nashville to McMinnville

Looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Nashville for a day? Look no further than McMinnville, Tennessee, where adventure and culinary delights await. Join us as we take you on an unforgettable day trip that includes coffee at Vanilla Bean Baking Company, breakfast at Cumberland Biscuit Company, a hike at Rock Island State Park, lunch at Collins River BBQ, cave exploration at Cumberland Caverns, and a sweet treat at the Rock Island Trolley.

Start Your Day with Coffee at Vanilla Bean Baking Company in McMinnville.

Begin your day trip in McMinnville by visiting the delightful Vanilla Bean Baking Company. Enjoy a warm and inviting atmosphere as you savor a cup of their freshly brewed coffee. Indulge in the rich flavors and aromatic blends that will awaken your senses. Pair your coffee with one of their delectable pastries for a perfect start to your day.

Enjoy a Hearty Breakfast at Cumberland Biscuit Company.

After a pleasant drive, make your way to Cumberland Biscuit Company in McMinnville to satisfy your breakfast cravings. Delight in their mouthwatering Southern-style biscuits, made from scratch and filled with a variety of delicious ingredients. From savory options like bacon, egg, and cheese to sweet treats like cinnamon roll biscuits, there’s something to please every palate. Don’t miss their homemade jams and jellies to add an extra burst of flavor to your breakfast.

Embark on a Scenic Hike at Rock Island State Park.

With a full stomach, head to Rock Island State Park for a scenic hike. Lace up your hiking boots and explore the park’s picturesque trails that wind through breathtaking natural landscapes. Immerse yourself in the beauty of cascading waterfalls, tranquil riverbanks, and lush forests. Take your time to soak in the serenity and capture some stunning photos along the way. Remember to pack snacks and water to keep you fueled and hydrated during your adventure.

Indulge in Delicious Barbecue at Collins River BBQ.

After working up an appetite, it’s time for a mouthwatering barbecue feast at Collins River BBQ in McMinnville. This local gem is renowned for its finger-licking-good smoked meats and delectable sides. Sink your teeth into tender pulled pork, fall-off-the-bone ribs, or flavorful smoked chicken. Don’t forget to sample their homemade sauces and savor the authentic flavors of Tennessee. With a welcoming atmosphere and top-notch barbecue, Collins River BBQ is a must-visit culinary destination.

Explore the Subterranean Wonders of Cumberland Caverns.

No visit to McMinnville is complete without venturing underground at Cumberland Caverns. Embark on a guided tour and marvel at the stunning rock formations, underground waterfalls, and hidden chambers. Learn about the geological history and fascinating stories behind these majestic caves. From thrilling spelunking adventures to informative walking tours, Cumberland Caverns offers a range of options for all levels of exploration. Discover a whole new world beneath the surface and create unforgettable memories.

Indulge in a Sweet Treat at the Rock Island Trolley

Before heading back to Nashville, make a final stop at the Rock Island Trolley for a delightful dessert. Treat yourself to their Blue Bell ice cream, available in a variety of tantalizing flavors. Whether you prefer classic choices like chocolate and vanilla or want to venture into unique combinations, the Rock Island Trolley has something to satisfy every sweet tooth. Sit back, relax, and relish in the delicious finale of your day trip.

Escape to McMinnville and immerse yourself in the beauty and flavors of this charming Tennessee town. From a delightful start with coffee and breakfast to thrilling hikes, mouthwatering barbecue, cave exploration, and a sweet ending, this day trip offers a perfect balance of adventure and indulgence. Gather your loved ones, hit the road, and create memories that will last a lifetime in McMinnville, Tennessee.

Vanilla Bean Baking Company


Discover a hidden gem in the heart of McMinnville, Tennessee – Vanilla Bean Baking Company. This charming bakery and café is a haven for coffee and pastry enthusiasts alike. Step into a warm and inviting atmosphere where the aroma of freshly brewed coffee fills the air. Indulge in their expertly crafted beverages, from creamy lattes to aromatic espressos, perfectly complemented by their delectable pastries. With each bite, experience the delightful balance of flavors and the quality ingredients used in their creations. Vanilla Bean Baking Company is a must-visit destination in McMinnville, offering a memorable and delicious start to your day.

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Cumberland Biscuit Company 


Get ready to experience Southern breakfast at its finest at Cumberland Biscuit Company in McMinnville, Tennessee. This local gem is a breakfast lover’s paradise, serving up hearty and flavorful biscuits that will leave you craving more. Each biscuit is made from scratch with love and attention to detail, resulting in a tender and flaky masterpiece. From classic combinations like bacon, egg, and cheese to creative twists like sausage gravy-stuffed biscuits, there’s a biscuit creation for everyone. Don’t forget to top it off with their homemade jams and jellies for that extra burst of flavor. Cumberland Biscuit Company is the ultimate breakfast destination in McMinnville.

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Rock Island State Park


Nestled in the picturesque town of McMinnville, Tennessee, Rock Island State Park is a true nature lover’s paradise. This hidden gem offers a breathtaking escape into the great outdoors. Explore scenic hiking trails that wind through lush forests, leading you to stunning waterfalls and tranquil riverbanks. Dive into the refreshing waters for a swim or try your hand at kayaking and canoeing along the Caney Fork River. Immerse yourself in the serenity of nature as you witness the beauty of Rock Island State Park. Whether you seek adventure or a peaceful retreat, this park is a must-visit destination in McMinnvill

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Rock Island Trolley Stop


Located near the beautiful Rock Island State Park, Rock Island Trolley is a delightful stop for ice cream and coffee lovers. Indulge in the creamy goodness of Blue Bell Ice Cream, savoring a variety of delicious flavors. Pair it with a cup of freshly brewed coffee for the perfect treat. Enjoy the inviting ambiance and satisfy your cravings at Rock Island Trolley

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BBQ For Lunch 


Nestled in the heart of downtown McMinnville, Collins River BBQ is a culinary gem that promises a mouthwatering experience. With a warm and inviting atmosphere, this local barbecue joint serves up tantalizing smoked meats and flavors that will leave you craving more. Don’t miss their signature dish, the Brisket Cuban sandwich—a delectable fusion of tender, smoky brisket, tangy pickles, melted cheese, and zesty mustard pressed between toasted bread. Every bite is a savory delight that showcases the artistry of their barbecue craft. Whether you’re a barbecue connoisseur or a food enthusiast, Collins River BBQ is a must-visit destination in McMinnville, Tennessee.

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Visit a Cave


Explore the magnificent wonders hidden beneath the surface at Cumberland Caverns. Located in McMinnville, Tennessee, this natural marvel invites you on an awe-inspiring journey through a subterranean labyrinth. Embark on guided tours and be amazed by the breathtaking rock formations, stunning underground waterfalls, and vast chambers that lie within. As you traverse the depths of Cumberland Caverns, you’ll uncover the secrets of this geological masterpiece and marvel at the beauty that nature has created over millions of years. Whether you’re an adventure seeker or a curious explorer, Cumberland Caverns offers an unforgettable experience that will leave you in awe of the world beneath our feet.


Watch the Previous Episode

Join us on the Nashville Daily Podcast for an exciting day trip to Franklin, Tennessee. Explore charming shops at The Factory, savor delicious coffee at Honest Roasters, and indulge in mouthwatering BBQ at Puckett’s and BB’s BBQ. Sample local whiskey at Leiper’s Fork Distilling, witness stunning sunsets at the Natchez Trace double arch bridge, and catch a show at the historic Franklin Theater. Discover the rich culture and natural beauty of Franklin, just a short drive from Nashville.

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